Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Reader Restoration -

THE PARTS LIST for Dar­ren Palmer’s SZR660 spe­cial might sound a mish-mash of Yamaha, Tri­umph, Honda and var­i­ous home-made com­po­nents, but that’s ac­tu­ally what Bel­garda, the Ital­ian Yamaha im­porters, did to cre­ate the orig­i­nal SZR660 in 1996. The mo­tor was a wheezy five-valve XTZ660 Ténéré lump, the ally Deltabox frame came from a TZR125/250 with a Boge rear shock, Paioli forks and Brembo brakes and wheels. But the SZR only made around 43bhp, man­aged 110mph, and its sus­pen­sion was fairly crude. Worse were its stran­gled haem­or­rhoid looks. The SZR, launched in 1996, was on sale un­til 2001, prob­a­bly be­cause deal­ers were still clear­ing out the first year’s stock.

Let’s be picky, shall we? Does that top nut look a bit too shiny?

Ev­ery­thing you ever dreamed of – and all done so, so right

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